Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na, BATMAN! Who doesn’t know the Caped Crusader? The World’s Greatest Detective? The Dark Knight? Batman is arguably the most popular and well known superhero in the civilized world. With various comic books, toys, TV shows, and of course, movies, it was obvious that the character would make its way into the realm of video games. Some of them are pretty good, such as Batman: The Videogame, Batman Returns, and LEGO Batman. However, most of them are terrible, such as Batman Forever, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and Batman Vengeance. So expectations were not high for Batman: Arkham Asylum when it was announced. Thankfully, not only does Arkham Asylum surpass expectations, it reinvents them.
This isn’t “Rolling in the Deep”. On purpose.
I have this theory about certain video game franchises. This theory, which I’ve hastily called the reinvention curse, states that when a video game series reinvents itself with a new iteration and receives widespread acclaim, it is then cursed to attempt to recreate that one title but with worse and worse results. As most do, the clones, sort of speak, become less and less accurate and quality deteriorates. There are several franchise that could fall under this theory but the two best examples, and the ones I’ll be using to describe this theory, are The Legend of Zelda and Resident Evil.
Hey everybody! Colorwind here and I’ve been playing several different games this past month, including Contradiction, Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 4, Transformers Devastation, Metroid Prime, Final Fantasy VII, Super Mario 3D Land, Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Mirror’s Edge.
The Nintendo Entertainment System is 30 years old. My, my, my, am I getting old. In honor of the console’s 30th anniversary, I thought I would talk about my memories with the NES.
Are you psyched for Shenmue 3? Did you contribute to the kickstarter? Do you desperately want to look for some sailors? Then you must have played the original Shenmue back in the day, right? RIGHT!? No? YOU FAKER! YOU LIAR! YOU…are not alone. Shenmue was a Sega Dreamcast exclusive and not many people got a Dreamcast back in the day. Most people waited for the PlayStation 2, leaving the poor Dreamcast out in the cold. But NO MORE! We need to right a wrong that’s been left unchanged for too long! YOU, my friend, NEED TO BUY A DREAMCAST! And I’m going to help you. So pull up a seat, maybe something to drink and eat (maybe…tacos), and take notes as I let you know everything you need to know before you buy a Sega Dreamcast.